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Larissa Temple, M.D.

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Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-2727

Fax: (585) 276-2203

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Surgery


Professional Background

Dr. Larissa KF Temple is Chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery at UR Medicine and Director of SHORE. Dr. Temple completed General Surgery and Surgeon Scientist Program at the University of Toronto. She then moved to New York City and completed fellowships in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Colorectal Surgery at St. Luke's Roosevelt. Most recently she was a member of the Colorectal Surgery Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Temple has expertise in the management of colorectal diseases, and in particular, colorectal malignancies. She performs minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery to complex multi-surgeon pelvic procedures. Dr. Temple was the Director of the Colorectal Survivorship Program and the Vice Deputy Physician in Chief for Quality and Safety. She was named as one of New York City's Top Doctors in 2016.

Dr. Temple has a national reputation in colorectal cancer and surgical quality. She presents nationally on outcomes after colorectal malignancies. She is a member of ASCO program committee and the American College of Surgeons Rectal Cancer Standards Operative Workgroup. Dr. Temple chairs the Quality Assessment Committee for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She is a member of the Surgery Standing Committee for the National Quality Forum, the American College of Surgeons Performance Measurement Work group, the Society of Surgical Oncology Quality Committee and the planning committee for the Quality Symposium for the American Society of Clinical Oncology.



  • Colon and Rectal Surgery - American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery


MD | Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary (Canada)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2003 - 06/30/2004
Fellowship in Colon & Rectal Surgery at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center-St Luke's Divi

07/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

07/01/2000 - 06/30/2002
Fellowship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College-New York Hospital

07/01/1995 - 06/30/2000
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Toronto (Canada)

07/01/1994 - 06/30/1995
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Toronto (Canada)

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2016 - 2016
Physician Executive Leadership Development Program
Sponsor: MSKCC

Best Doctors
Sponsor: New York Magazine

Awarded First Prize for ASCRS presentation as a General Surgery Resident

Compassionate Caregiver
Sponsor: The Schwartz Center

2010 - 2012
New York's Best Doctors

Alumni of Distinction
Sponsor: Department of Surgery, University of Toronto

2009 - 2012
New York Super Doctors
Sponsor: New York Magazine

Boyar Award for Clinical Research
Location: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Selected MSK Representative: Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional

Society of University Surgeons, SUS-Wyeth Clinical Scholar Award

2005 - 2009
Development Seminar
Sponsor: AAMC and Harvard Medical School

Northern California Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Award for paper presentation, ASCRS Annual Meeting (Dallas, TX)

Chairman of Surgery Clinical Research Award, Department of Surgery Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Best Research Presentation, Canadian Association of Colorectal Surgeons

Best Research Presentation, Canadian Association of Colorectal Surgeons

Surgical Teaching Award, Nominee

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Journal Articles

Temple LKF. "Expert Commentary on Low Anterior Resection Syndrome." Diseases of the colon and rectum.. 2019 Dec; 62(12):1423-1424.

Justiniano CF, Aquina CT, Fleming FJ, Xu Z, Boscoe FP, Schymura MJ, Temple LK, Becerra AZ. "Hospital and surgeon variation in positive circumferential resection margin among rectal cancer patients." American journal of surgery.. 2019 Nov; 218(5):881-886. Epub 2019 Feb 28.

Roxburgh CSD, Strombom P, Lynn P, Cercek A, Gonen M, Smith JJ, Temple LKF, Nash GM, Guillem JG, Paty PB, Shia J, Vakiani E, Yaeger R, Stadler ZK, Segal NH, Reidy D, Varghese A, Wu AJ, Crane CH, Gollub MJ, Saltz LB, Garcia-Aguilar J, Weiser MR. "Changes in the multidisciplinary management of rectal cancer from 2009 to 2015 and associated improvements in short-term outcomes." Colorectal disease : the official journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland.. 2019 Oct; 21(10):1140-1150. Epub 2019 Jul 01.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The value of patient-reported outcomes in colon and rectal surgery
Book Title: Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Author List: Jason B. Liu, Julia R Berian, Larissa K Temple
Published By: In Press Accepted Manuscript 2018

Chapter Title: Patient Reported Outcomes in surgery: Listening to patients improves quality of care
Book Title: ACS Bulletin
Author List: Liu, Pusic, Temple, Ko
Published By: 2017

Chapter Title: PROs and Postoperative Recovery
Book Title: In the Practice Quality Improvement Manual of the NSQIP Quality in Training Initiative
Author List: Boodry CI, Fleming FJ, Temple LK
Published By: NSQIP 2017